The head of the Combined Air Operations Center Torrejón (CAOC TJ), Lieutenant General Fernando de la Cruz Caravaca, has taken part on September 15 and 16 in the meeting "NATO Air Chiefs' Symposium" (NACS), held at the NATO Air Component Command Headquarters, located in Ramstein (Germany).
The meeting, which is convened on a regular basis, is attended by the heads of all NATO member countries' Air and Space Forces, as well as by the Commanders of NATO's Aerospace Command Structure (NCS) units.
This gathering is an opportunity for the analysis of ongoing issues in the aerospace domain and the sharing of viewpoints to advance in those areas which will enable enhanced cooperation and integration among NATO member countries.
NATO's Combined Air Operations Center Torrejón (CAOC-TJ)
The main purpose of CAOC Torrejón, commanded by a Spanish Air Force lieutenant general, is to plan, direct, coordinate, supervise, analyse and report on air defence operations in southern Europe, of the assigned assets to it in peace, following the directives of NATO's air component.
Spanish Armed Forces are making an important contribution to the mission conducted by this facility. Roughly 120 military personnel are assigned to the CAOC itself, as well as to the National Support Element (NSE) and the NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCIA).